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Andy Murray out of ATP finals

LONDON -- Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has pulled out of next month's season-ending ATP World Tour Finals as he recovers from back surgery.

The third-ranked Murray says in a statement on the ATP website, "I'm really disappointed not to be playing this year. I love playing in front of my home crowd."

Murray had surgery last month to address his long-standing back issues and was always expected to miss the Nov. 4-11 event, which features the world's top eight singles players.

Murray played in the last five ATP finals and reached the semifinals twice.

Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and David Ferrer are the three other players who have qualified with four weeks remaining in the season.